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SCP Auctions is proud to feature various memorabilia pieces from the late Mel Ott in its upcoming 2017 Fall Premier Auction. Eight different lots from the Baseball Hall of Famer’s personal collection will open for bidding on Wed., Oct. 18, at www.scpauctions.com, and each item will be accompanied by a letter from the Ott Family. The online auction runs through Sat., Nov. 4.

ottmanager1The top Ott item to be auctioned will be his 1948 New York Giants game worn uniform from his final season of managing in the major leagues. The uniform, including jersey, pants and stirrups, was on loan to the Baseball Hall of Fame from 2013 to 2016 and comes with documentation of its time on display at Cooperstown. Other lots include his 1938 All-America Board of Baseball sweater; a pair of circa 1940 game-worn cleats; a pair of game worn pants for his managerial days with the Oakland Oaks of the PCL (1951-52); and his 1958 American League season pass in its original brown leather case.

Ott was a longtime right fielder for the New York Giants who played a total of 22 seasons (1926 to ’47). A perennial All-Star, he was selected to the National League squad 12 consecutive times from 1934 to 1945. A six-time N.L. home run champ, he finished his career with 511 round-trippers and was only the third player – and first National League slugger – to crack the magical 500 home run plateau behind fellow legends Babe Ruth and Jimmie Foxx. A career .304 hitter, Ott tallied 2,876 hits including 488 doubles and 72 triples, and drove in 1,860 runs. During the latter part of his career, Ott became a player/manager for the Giants. He served in that dual capacity from 1942 through the ‘47 season and then simply served as manager in ’48. He was inducted into Cooperstown in 1951 and served as a baseball broadcaster from 1955 to ’58. He died in 1958 following a car accident at the age of 49. Since 1959, the National League has honored its annual home run champion with the Mel Ott Award.

Bidding is open to registered bidders only at SCP Auctions beginning on Wed., Oct. 18, and closing on Sat., Nov. 4. For more information on how to participate and take part in the bidding, please call 949-831-3700 or visit www.scpauctions.com.                                             – Terry Melia

SCP Auctions will offer several items from the career of Baseball Hall of Famer Mel Ott in its 2017 Fall Premier Auction. Eight different lots from the Baseball Hall of Famer’s personal collection will open for bidding on Wed., Oct. 18.  Each item will be accompanied by a letter from the Ott Family. The online auction runs through Sat., Nov. 4.

Super Bowl XXV was held at Tampa Stadium on January 27, 1991, and the event was memorable for so many reasons. Now deceased Pop singer Whitney Houston sang a rousing rendition of the National Anthem in front of 74,000 fans to kick things off. The New York Giants and Buffalo Bills played a hotly contested battle that wasn’t decided until the game’s final play; a missed 47-yard field goal by Bills’ placekicker Scott Norwood that went wide right enabled the G-Men to escape with a 20-19 decision and their second Lombardi Trophy in five years. It was also Hall of Fame linebacker Lawrence Taylor’s final Super Bowl as he retired three years later. Now collectors can get their hands on an extremely rare pair of game-worn cleats from “LT,” the very pair he wore that night in Tampa. The coveted cleats are now on the auction block at SCP Auctions. The company’s current Mid-Summer Classic online auction concludes on Saturday, August 22.

The white size 13 Nike/Pro cleats show considerable game wear and are covered with grass stains, dirt and even chunks of lime from the field littering the sides and bottom of both cleats. LT's Cleats - BigEven the original shoe laces remain intact. The consignor of the cleats is Taylor’s old Giants’ teammate and fellow linebacker, Gary Reasons. They teamed together in both of the Giants two Super Bowl victories and since their lockers were always right next to one another – Taylor wore No. 56 and Reasons wore No. 55 – they spent ample time talking shop before and after games. Reasons took possession of the cleats that same night in Tampa as Taylor looked at him and said, “I guess I won’t be needing these for a while” (he was headed to Honolulu to play in the Pro Bowl on a turf field), and left the pair in front of his locker. Reasons put them in his travel bag and has held on to them for the past 25 years. The lot includes a detailed letter of provenance from Reasons.

Online bidding is open to registered bidders only. The minimum starting bid for this item is $10,000. The auction is being conducted at SCP Auctions. For more information, call 949-831-3700.              -Terry Melia